Greenbow County Okra Gumbo

Course : Gumbo
Serves: 2
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1 pound fresh okra -- sliced
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. butter melted -- melted and divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 bunch green onions -- sliced
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic -- minced
2 quarts water
16 ounces whole tomatoes -- undrained and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 piece bay leaf
1 pound unpeeled medium-size fresh -- shrimp
1/2 pound fresh crabmeat -- drained and flaked
3 Cup hot cooked rice
1 tablespoons gumbo file -- (optional)

Preparation / Directions:

Cook okra in 2 tbs. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned. Set aside. Combining remaining 1/4 cup butter and flour in a large Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until roux is chocolate colored (20 to 25 minutes). Stir in green onions, celery, and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until vegetables are tender. Add okra, water, and next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Peel and devein shrimp; add shrimp and crabmeat to okra mixture. Simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve gumbo over rice. Add gumbo file', if desired

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